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August 2015

Montfort Castle

A little outside of Maalot, you can park and hike to a crusader castle called Montfort. From the parking lot, take the white-red-white trail. It's definitely not for biking or for people who are less stable on their feet, as the trail gets pretty rocky. We headed down the trail until we got to the first lookout point. It was off the path, but the stairs made it clear that we were supposed to climb and explore. From here, we had a great view of the surrounding mountains, as well as our first glimpse of Montfort itself. When we continued on and finally arrived at the castle, we found it to be much bigger than it looked like from the viewpoint. It's several stories high, with several different rooms and areas. I'm not an archaologist, but it was fun to try to figure out what some of the features were used for and where the rest of the building would have been and what it would have looked like in its heyday. Exploring the castle was very interesting, but what was also neat was just sitting at the top and enjoying nature. For a while, we had the castle to ourselves. The green, mountainous vista was amazing, and all we could hear was the wind in the trees and the call of birds. Soooooo peaceful and relaxing. After exploring every nook and cranny of the castle, we continued down the trail to the river. Problem was, when we arrived, we found that the river was bone dry. It was basically just a path made of rounded stones in the middle of the forest. There was a single 4'x2' patch of water hidden away in a corner, but as it was full of some sort of an imal eggs, we weren't going to disturb it. At this point, we were about halfway through with our 4+ liters water, so we headed back. However, it was now close to midday and much hotter than on our way in. Also, the way back was mostly uphill. We took lots of breaks, and were still probably dehydrated a bit. On our way out, we ran into some people who were just starting their hike. Starting at noon on a day in the 90s was not smart, and I am so glad we started early in the morning when the weather wasn't scorching. Fortunately, within a minute of exiting the parking lot, we saw a sign for a restaurant. They had air conditioning, cold drinks, food, and most importantly, air conditioning. We cooled off in the air conditioning and got a bit to eat. The hike was beautiful, fun, and totally worth the heat, but on a hot day, the air conditioning was welcomed.

castle

castle


hiking path

hiking path


"river"

"river"


view

view


montfort

montfort

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